Common Name: Rough-stalked Encyclia
Habitat: Encyclia aspera is native to Columbia, Peru, and Ecuador where it grows in the Andes mountains. The species is locally common in some regions of coastal Ecuador.
Plant Size: Medium to Large. The plants have two 12 inch (30 cm) long leaves.
Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Flower Description: The flower stem of Encyclia aspera is tall and is two or three times taller than the foliage. The flower petals and sepals are pointed and ocher or dull-yellow in color and are widely spaced on the stem. Each branch has 5 to 7 flowers. The lip is white or greenish-yellow and there are between 5 and 7 purple veins present. Encyclia aspera has a raspberry or cherry fragrance. The flower stalk has a rough texture.
Bloom Season: Late Winter to Spring
Growing Temperature: Intermediate to Warm
Additional Information: This species has fairly large flowers for the genus and is easy to grow. Encyclia aspera is best grown mounted on cork bark. Cattleya light and growing conditions are acceptable. Mounted specimens need high humidity for best growth and flowering.
Synonyms: Epidendrum asperum, Encyclia trachypus, Encyclia asperirachis, Epidendrum asperirarchis